Top 5 Late-Winter Comfort Foods
Ah, winter 2014. Between polar vortex #1 and #2, ice storms, gray skies, snow, more snow, and the inevitable transportation nightmares (one word: Atlanta), one would be forgiven for wishing that this season would just hurry up and end already.
No, there is not much left to redeem winter at this point -- except, that is, for food.
Now that February is waning and the promise of spring is only weeks away, we're making sure we get in all of those cozy winter comfort foods before we're on to ramps and rhubarb.
Here's Panna's list of the Top 5 Late-Winter Comfort Foods you need to make before winter's out.
Image: Shepherd's Pie by Seamus Mullen
1. Shepherd's Pie
One of the best antidotes to cold weather is a hot oven filled with something hearty and savory. Shepherd's pie fills the bill, especially when it uses fresh vegetables, lamb, herbs, and a secret ingredient of horseradish that transforms a humble classic into a new-found necessity.
Image: Lasagna della Casa by Michael Tusk
2. Homemade Lasagna
Is there anything in the world quite like a true Italian lasagna, with all those careful layers of meaty tomato sauce, pasta, and just enough Parmesan to give it that rich, cheesy finish? No. There is not.
Image: Smoky Veggie Chili by Chad Sarno
3. Smoky Veggie Chili
Winter comfort food doesn't have to mean rich and full of calories (not that there's anything wrong with that). Comfort food can also be incredibly nutritious, provided that it is hot, satisfying, and full of flavor. Enter a Smoky Veggie Chili, the vegetarian one-pot favorite packed with vegetables, beans, and earthy spices.
Image: Rosti Potatoes by Anita Lo
4. Rosti Potatoes
Potatoes + cheese is just about a perfect combination as PB+J and Fred+Ginger. Anita Lo takes rosti potatoes to a whole other level in the image above, incorporating fresh herbs with the potatoes and melted raclette cheese.
Image: Country Braised Chicken by Michael Anthony
5. Country Braised Chicken
There's a reason why everyone loves chicken: It is versatile, tasty, and comfortingly familiar. The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender, the vegetables are a readily built-in accompaniment, and the flavor and aroma cannot be beat.
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